Last month, the Department of Defense hosted a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride event at the Pentagon. The keynote speaker was Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson, which was followed by a moderated panel discussion entitled, “The Value of Open Service and Diversity.” While other federal agencies had celebrated these types of events for years, 2012 marked the first time the DoD ever had this type of event.
Military members will be permitted to wear their uniforms at the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade, held today (Saturday, July 21st). A DoD memo was released on the topic earlier in the week. An excerpt read:
“Based on our current knowledge of the event and existing policies we hereby are granting approval for service members in uniform to participate in this year’s parade, provided service members participate in their personal capacity and ensure the adherence to Military Service standards of appearance and wear of the military uniform.”
This follows the first military base same-sex wedding, held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst chapel on June 23, 2012. An airman and his partner wed in a religious ceremony, in dress uniform and tuxedo, respectively, and 150 guests attended the event.